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   world and national news. New. (CC) (Stereo)  

    March 6, 2011
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>> mitchell: tonight sticker shock at the pump, with gas prices rising at a near record rate, the white house says it's considering tapping into america's strategic oil reserve. i'm russ mitchell. also tonight, battle for libya. rebel forces trying to push forward the capitol are encountering in-- intense attacks from qaddafi soldiers and have abandoned some territory. second sight, the state of the art device that's restoring vision to people blinded by retinal disease. and house recycling, the tear-down alternative that offers low income families a chance to own a home. -- home. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell.
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>> mitchell: and good evening. if you have purchased gasoline in the past few days you know the story. the price has gone up. keeps going up, and shows no signs of stopping. since the turmoil in libya broke out in mid-february the price of crude oil has jumped nearly 20% to more than 104 a barrel. pushing up prices at the pump as well. today the white house said it may step in to help. sheryl attkisson in washington has the latest. >> it's the strongest suggestion yet that unrest in the middle east might leave the obama administration to tap the nation's oil reserves. the news came from the white house chief of staff. >> the issue of the reserves is one we're considering. i think there's no one who doubts that the uncertainty in the middle east right now has caused tremendous increase in the last number of weeks. >> mitchell: gas prices averaged $3.51 a gallon nationwide, up 15 cents in the past week, 78 cents over a year ago. >> 65 dollars for gas is pretty unbelievable.
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>> and maybe at $5 when it gets to that point i won't want to drive any more. so we'll see. >> i drive for a living. so it definitely affects my job. so i'm currently looking for another job because because of this. >> reporter: the u.s. stored supply of oil called the strategic petroleum reserve contains 72-- 727 million barrels, enough to keep nation powered for a couple of months. those who want oil released from the reserves now say it would calm spiking gas prices so an economic recovery isn't threatened. after hurricane katrina, 30 million barrelses were released. oil prices dropped 3.7%. during the first gulf war, 34 million barrels were released and in one day prices dropped 33.4%. but some economists say the oil reserves should be saved for a true emergency and this isn't it. >> i think it's premature to open up the strategic petroleum reserve. i don't think it's going it
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to make a big difference with respect to prices. and i think at this point we can digest these prices. >> reporter: maybe so, but it doesn't go down easy. >> as a students's kind of tough to be able to pay the bills and pay these kind of gas prices. >> reporter: right now the average price of gas is still 61 cents below the record set in july 2008 of $4.11 a gallon. russ. >> mitchell: at least some good news there. sheryl attkisson in washington, thank you very much. the pain at the pump is having a huge effect on businesses, especially small ones. seth doane has the story of one companies that's literal leigh been moving in the right direction but is now dealing with a bump in the road. >> reporter: the phones are finally ringing again at oz moving and storage. the company hung on through two years in a housing slump when few people were moving. with the economy showing signs of life, general manager nancy zifrani is crossing her fingers. >> my confidence meter is up. it feels like things are
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back on track or getting back on track. >> reporter: but now gasoline prices are up too. gas is highest in california where the average is $3.88 a gallon. in new york, it's $3.69. oz 3406-- moving operates in both states. >> our business runs on gas, every mile counts. >> reporter: for oz with its 50 trucks, price shocks have immediate impact. every dollar increase in the price of gas adds 20% to its operating cost. and ther's already squeezed by higher prices. from heating oil up 36% since october to paper used in cardboard boxes, up 15% since last year. like many small companies. >> you're looking at a guaranteed price. >> reporter: passing those rising costs on to customers isn't an option. >> the competition is just too fierce at this point. >> reporter: that means a shrinking bottom line.
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>> if we're not profiting. we're not able to grow. we're not able to expand. we're not able to hire new employees. >> reporter: small businesses like oz have created 70% of all new jobs in the last decade. but for them as the price of gasoline goes up, the likelihood of any new hiring goes down. it is easy math but has an affect that's hard to calculate, russ. >> mitchell: seth doane, thanks. now to libya where rebels and pro qaddafi forces continue to battle for the country city by city. here's the latest. qaddafi's troops used helicopter gunships to attack rebels in the town. rebel forces have repelled a countero lensive. and 6,000 people are now estimated to have died since fighting gang. mark phillips in tripoli has the latest. >> reporter: the qaddafi government declared victory in tripoli today and it seemed like the whole town doubtfully came out to celebrate. people were told government
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forces were on the counteroffensive, wiping out rebel gains of the past week. the decoration of victory may be premature or it may be wishful thinking, but as this kind of crowd w this kind ofovernment offensive did push back the tag rag tag rebel forces. >> myself, i was like three kilometerss away, which is less than two mileses away from the border. and what we get is push from sideways and bombs all over. >> reporter: they retreated in disarray but formed up again in the oil port of ras are ras lanuf which they still hold. in other towns, closer to tripoli, forces loyal to qaddafi used tage, artillery and warplanes to attack rebel positions. again, government claims of
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victory are dismissed by rebels who say they beat back the attack and even captured government vehicles in the process. there's a propaganda battle being fought here as well. and it starts young. the qaddafi regime must appear to be victorious and in control or it starts to look vulnerable. yet even in this tripoli crowd gathered to celebrate the government's announced gains there are quiet voices of doubt. on the fringe of the crowd a man approaches. he doesn't want to be identified but speaks away from our camera. most people even here, he says, don't really believe the government lineth. what sense do you give this rebellion. >> 99%. >> 99%. we're very hopeful. we have a just cause. we have a just cause. there's nothing more power wfl as an idea that the time has come for it.
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>> reporter: and you think the time has come for this. >> yes. it's time for the people. >> reporter: as moammar qaddafi made a surprise appearance at green square this evening, the libyans were offering a new reason as to why they have been unable to dislodge the rebels from the towns they hold. they say those rebels who they call terrorist gangses have been using the local populations as human shields. the reality is, though, a stalemate where the rebel forces have been unable to push forward further, and the pro qaddafi forces have been unable to push them back. russ. >> mitchell: mark there is also this story tonight about british special forces being captured in east libya. what you can tell us about that? >> well, what is interesting is that those forces appear to have been escorting a british diplomat who is trying to establish ties with the rebel counsel in benghazi. the more this goes on, the longer the council stays in benghazi the more it's acting in fact like a government and waitinging in the territory it controls. >> mitchell: mark phillips,
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in tripoli, thank you. >> in this country the national weather service has issued a flood watch through monday morning for much of the northeast. it is all part of a severe storm system that has already dumped a lot of rain on a big part of the country and delivered that deadly tornado that ripped through rayne, louisiana. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, russ. well, as you can see behind me, the tornado that ripped through town yesterday left some extensive damage. the ef-2 tornado which packed 120 per mile an hour winds tore through rayne, louisiana. twisters trail of destruction was five miles long and as wide as three football fields. it injured at least 12 and killed one person. 21-year-old jalisa granger died trying to shield her young son when a tree crashed into her home. granger's father jude granger debilitated by a stroke was in the house when the tornado struck.
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>> 150 houses were destroyed or damaged and natural gas leaks left 1500 people unable to return to their homes. louisiana governor bobby jindal without saw the damage firsthand declared a state of emergency. >> i want to start by recognizing the resilience, the generosity and endurance of the people of rayne. these ray strong people. we will rebuild back better and stronger than we were before. >> reporter: now governor bobby jindal is sending crews out tonight to assess the damaged area and determine when the displaced residents can go back home. >> mitchell: joining us tonight from rayne, louisiana, thank you. >> the coast guard today rescued two people from an oil production platform that caught fire in the gulf of mexico, roughly 50 miles av grand aisle, louisiana. the fire has been extinguished. oil production was shut down two weeks ago. >> and still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news", the internet box that evades
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new activia parfait crunch. >> mitchell: as we have seen across the middle east the internet is a powerful weapon that can unite people and spark a revolt. that's why libya like egypt earlier this year pulled the plug on the internet three days ago. but a new device might some day allow users to get around that. here's den yell sieberg. >> reporter: a long time pioneer for an open internet eben mog length champions the idea of the freedom box. >> they are inexpensive, come paningt, low power machines like this that can do everything a much larger server computer can do. >> reporter: it startses with a device made by glob will scale technologies in california which sells for $100. think of it is as a blank canvas. the company sayses it can be used for many tasks like controlling the lights in your house. but combined with moglen's software initiative it would become a freedom box designed to circumvent government
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censorship. >> if you have one and your friend susie has one, then you and susie can have sharing of your lives like with facebook and twitter, except in security, using encryption. >> reporter: even though it doesn't look like a computer t can act like one. instead of a house or keyboard you use a smart phone or a tablet like an i pad to run it. the device plugs into a power outlet and communicates through regular intering net access or if that gets shut off, through a wireless connection. how would this be used, let's say in a country like libya. >> they have no internet because the government has cut their ability to communicate. and cell phone number systems are either shut down or jammed. boxes like these in people's house kos make a mesh, that is, just the boxes communicating by wireless between themselves-- . >> reporter: maybe that's plausible, that very ambitious. >> peter eckersley foundation supports on-line
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freedoms but worries freedom box requires it too much computer know-how for most people. >> no question, that it is going to be a daunting project to complete. it's going to take a lot of software that has to be written and has to fit together really well. >> reporter: moglen's project is still in the very early stages. still, he sees a day when millions of freedom boxes will be used around the world. a modern day equivalent of two tin cans and some string. >> we want to put it in all the places where people might need it, in order to stay free in the net. if that's revolution, then we're doing. >> reporter: if he's right, this seemingly innocuous little box might some day support revolutions like the ones we're seeing throughout the middle east. daniel sieberg, cbs news, new york. >> mitchell: a followup now to the cbs news investigation not u.s. program known as fast and furious which ordered atf agents to stand aside while guns were smuggled from the u.s. to mexico. surveillance video obtained by cbs news shows suspected
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>> mitchell: a study into heart disease, the world's number one kill certificate out tonight. scientists have discovered 13 new genes that play a roll in caution heart attacks. only three affect known risks such as blood pressure or cholesterol, the other ten are a mystery. the study moving more than 140,000 people is the largest of its kind. now to a major advance for the blind, for the first time a device that gives the slightless a second chance to see has been approved in europe. the fda may do the same here soon. here are details. >> barbara campbell lost her sight 20 years ago from retinal disease but now her world is brighter than it used to be. >> under my lower lid there is a little wire. >> that is because two years ago she was one of the first
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patientses to get an artificial retina. >> my goal was to see colours and go to the grand canyon. >> reporter: with this device she does not see through her eye. a small camera is mounted on these glass and the images are converted to impulses sent to a transmitter on the side of the glasses. the transmitter beans the impulses to 60 electrodeses that have been surgery implanted at the back of the eye. these electrodes bypass the damage retinal cells and directly stimulate nerve cells connected to the visual center of the brain. she now sees a very crude image that has 60 points of light compared to the millions of someone with healthy vision. >> it's not you what and i see but it might be what you and i might see for example in a figure that's out of focus or somebody that is moving in the dark in a crowded room where you can tell it a human being but will you not see their facial features. >> but barbara is grateful for even blurry images of simple things she thought she would never see again. >> seeing the lightses on in my house and the light in the refrigerator, haven't
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seen that in years. lights in the hallway. the entranceway to my building. all that stuff was very exciting. >> more people may have access to the device soon. later this year, the fda will consider approval in the u.s. but at 100,000, the cost of even limited sight will not be cheap. dr. john lapook, cbs news, new york. >> mitchell: a michigan high school will honor its star basketball player by participating in tomorrow's state championship. today the team taend a memorial for 16-year-old wes leonard. last thursday he hit the winning shot to preserve the blackhawk's perfect season. then he collapsed and died from an undiagnosed heart ailment. coming up on tonight's "cbs evening news", this old house on the move. to a new family that needs it.
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>> mitchell: finally this sunday americans tear down an estimated quarter of a million homes i year as low income families struggleses to find decent housing for themselves. a nonprofit campaign to recycle some of those homes for the needy is tonight's sunday cover. it's not every day that a four bedroom house rolls
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down the streets of raleigh, north carolina. but today is moving day. this house built in 1978 used to sit across town. on the lot where scott moore planses to build something more modern. >> this was the kitchen. >> reporter: perhaps by fate at dinner one night he overheard another couple discussing planses to give their house away. >> i would much rather donate the house and let them redot house, maybe it to another location, to where it can benefit another family versus just tearing it down. >> reporter: he worried that all this wood and brick would end up in a landfill. >> that's a lot of waste of a lot of materials. just going to a dump. >> reporter: so his home was brought here to state street alongside 21 others. homes saved from landfills, homeses that will help save a neighborhood. it's the work of a nonprofit called builders of hope. >> reporter: this is a street that was plagued with drugs and prostitution and gangs. and in order to go in and truly revitalize the
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community you feed to have a big stake and create an enclave. >> she says it's a win-win. scott saves on the cost of demolition and gets a huge tax break. builders of hope moves the home and makeses it affordable for a low income family. >> when that day came that i got the key for this house, i was just, i mean i was just so blessed. >> before lisa covington used into straight street village a year ago she lived in public housing like her mother and grandmother before her. raleigh's average home price is $177,000. her house cost $135,000. and a city grant made it even more affordable. >> i have a home, something i never really could call my own. see you all about made me cry. >> mitchell: so far builders of hope have moved almost 150 homeses in cities around north carolina and in new orleans. >> we've got to stop tearing down there are not enough landfills, not enough holes in the ground to carry all this debris. >> mitchell: in raleigh the state street project is still under construction.
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workerses are painting houses, making them more energy efficient and put approximating up siding to make them feel like they're all part of the same community. it's a community lisa covington never thought she'd be able to join. >> i feel some of better paying, saying i'm paying a mortgage than when i say i got to go pay my rent. >> mitchell: along the other cities talking to builders of hope about saving old homes is detroit which planses to tear down 3,000 houses per year for the next three years. and that is the "cbs evening news." later on cbs, "60 minutes." thanks for joining us this sunday evening. i'm russ mitch nell new york. katie couric will be here tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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